I have no idea what i did to deserve the insults but ignoring that.....
In many ways i have alot of respect for how you choose to lead you life i.e. avoiding using dangerous/toxic/environmentally unfriendly chemicals in favour of natural ones and the fact that you do not fell trees soley for the purposes of making your boards unless there is no other alternative and in which case you use wood from a sustainable source.
If everyone made these changes then i agree yes it would add up to a big change. But i would not decribe these changes as small. For society as a whole (or a substantial proportion of) to make these changes would take a MASSIVE change in peoples attitudes. For example i am directly interested in ecology (whatever that does or does not say about me - its just an example) and I do not generally activley seek out naturally made products. So how are we supposed to make people (probably the majority) who do not genuinley give a sh*t change their habits? I do not call this a small change.
I also do not like token gestures, such as people who refuse to buy proctor and gamble products, yet do not bother to check out if the alternatives are any more environmentally/ socially friendly. These are hollow and in my opinion, done soley for there own concience not any wider benefit.
This is the justification for my "small changes wont make a huge difference" comments, which i stand by. I believe people will not make the changes to their lives until they are forced too, and by that i mean there are stonger laws in place monitering the chemicals used in products, the chemicals pumped into the atmosphere and the sea and such things. People in general dont care Roy (again in my opinion and experience) and the way you lead your life is the exception rather than the rule.
I was not criticising you in anyway, and dont wish to get drawn in to any name calling that has happened on this site before, its not really my thing.
I'm not sure how clear i have made myself, i have not sat long and hard about this, too many essays
but if you want further justification for my beliefs then i will be happy to try and make myself a bit clearer in a week or so in the mid semester break.